Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Travel the World: China: No! That's Wrong

Looking for something that is purely silly and giggle-worthy? Giggle-worthy that is if you're a young child or a playful adult! Look no further than No! That's Wrong! by Zhaohua Ji and Cui Xu. This picture book comes to us from China. It is published by Kane/Miller.

I'm not a complete expert on what "funny" looks like. But I do know this: kids and books featuring underpants/underwear get along really really well together. When the wind blows a pair of red underpants off the clothes line and onto the head of a white rabbit...well, let's just say it's the beginning of a comical adventure.

It's a story told in multiple voices. On one side, we've got rabbit and friends discussing and debating what this red garment is...and on the other side, we've got the narrator clearly clinging to reality.

For example:

"What's This? It's a hat!"

"No, that's wrong. It's not a hat."

The narrator really has a fit trying to talk sense into this bunny character.

Anyway, I'm not sure that this one will delight each and every reader. But I thought it was fun and playful. And I think kids will like it.

A review by Fuse #8, Kids Lit, The Well-Read Child, and Books & Other Thoughts

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comment:

Jill said...

This is a fun picture book, isn't it?! I like having books for kids that come from different cultures, even if they aren't necessarily about that culture. It's just a different sensibility, if you know what I mean. Nice review.

And thanks for the link!